Employee & Labor Relations

The Employer-Employee Relations Policy (Policy) provides for orderly procedures and positive communication in the administration of employer-employee relations between the County of Placer, its employee organizations, and employees. 

The County Executive Officer (CEO), or their representative, serves as the Employee Relations Officer, and is authorized to establish, implement, and administer the provisions of the Policy.

Human Resources Department

The Human Resources Director administers labor relations on behalf of the CEO on matters including wages, terms and conditions of employment, provisions of the civil service system, and allocations and compensation.  The Director may:

  • Negotiate labor agreements with recognized employee organizations
  • Resolve contract disputes
  • Negotiate policy changes and side letter agreements
  • Provide guidance and policy advice to County management, the County Executive Office, and the Board of Supervisors

Placer County has four recognized bargaining units:

  • Placer Public Employees Organization (PPEO) - General and Professional Units
  • Placer County Deputy Sheriffs' Association (DSA)
  • Placer County Law Enforcement Management Association (LEMA)
  • Placer County Deputy District Attorneys Association (DDAA)

Memorandums of Understanding and Side Letter Agreements

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is a negotiated labor agreement between Placer County and the bargaining unit. Side Letter Agreements are agreed to during meet and confer sessions to amend certain provisions of an MOU and are typically effective for the remainder of the MOU term.

Placer Public Employees Organization (PPEO)

Represented by IUOE, Stationary Engineers, Local 39

Deputy Sheriffs' Association (DSA)

Represented by Mastagni Holstedt, APC

Placer County Law Enforcement Management Association (LEMA)

Represented by Goyette, Ruano & Thompson

Placer County Deputy District Attorneys Association (DDAA)

Represented by Goyette, Ruano & Thompson

On November 8, 2022, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution formally recognizing the DDAA as the Exclusively Recognized Employee Organization for Deputy District Attorneys I-IV, Senior and Child Support Attorneys I-IV, Senior.  The County looks forward to entering good faith negotiations with the DDAA on an inaugural MOU presently.  In the interim, all terms and benefits under the current PPEO MOU remain in effect for DDAA members.


Placer County strives to establish and maintain harmonious and cooperative relationships between the County and its employees. Therefore, an orderly grievance procedure has been established for the settlement of differences. This keeps the channels of communication open, free from interference, restraint, coercion or reprisal. This procedure applies to all represented, classified management, and confidential employees of the County with minor procedural differences between the units.  Please see Placer County Code Chapter 3.08 Part 4 Violations of Chapter 3 or Civil Service Rules for complete information.

Formal Complaint

If a grievance is not settled, a formal complaint may be submitted as described in Placer County Code Section 3.08.300 Grievance - Initiation of Proceedings.

Placer County Code Chapter 3

Human Resources Rules and Regulations (Chapter 3)